Inescapable Autumn Post

This turned out more like squirrel post. And this time I was even too lazy to exit our backyard patio. Didn’t even put the shoes on!
There were originally two squirrels behind the window, when I noticed them. The other one escaped and this sweet little rascal stayed, eating bird food and ignoring me. So, here are some fall photos from from Finland, spiced with cute animals.


Next up: Italy bound!

My Home Town

Last Saturday I took part in the annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. That was third time for me and I like it more and more every time. Our local photo club also offered a lecture given by a talented photo journalist. That lecture woke me up thinking of how difficult street photography actually is. Not because of the quality of the photos (or maybe a little for that too), but mainly how difficult it is to snap a photo that actually tells a story. That gets you thinking, or even laughing by still leaving room for imagination.

Here is a set of some pics I managed to snap. I don’t know if they tell any kind of story, but at least they show something about my home town Lappeenranta.

 

I thought that maybe I could discover some other town next year by photo walking.

 

On the Edge

So I finally put one of my adventure dreams into practice. An over-night hiking trip in finnish nature. I made the trip with my cousin. She is a real backwoods(wo)man and was at least as excited of this trip as I was. We decided to go to Koli National park and do Herajärvi trail. We had this image in our heads where we would walk a little, make the camp, I would take some pictures and she would check some odd plants from her book.

Well, it wasn’t just like that. We learned that 10km in nature full of hills is a big deal. We also learned that 1km in that terrain may take over an hour. However, we had the best time.

I had my brand new hiking shoes on and was lucky to not get any major abrasions. Only some little ones on my toes. In both evenings it was quite a victory to see the campground… and just in time before the dark. On the first night our final leg went on duckboards through a swamp. I got so excited to see the campground that my foot slipped and I fell. Fortunately I only got some minor bruises on my wrist.

Our just-add-water-pasta tasted super good in both evenings.

First night we slept in a tent and the second one in this lean-to.

We also made an extra trip by car to see this cave system called Pirunkirkko. Totally worth going!

For the third night we had booked a room in Break Sokos hotel Koli. We got to wash ourselves in Koli relax spa, make facial treatment in aromatic sauna, have some champagne in a hot tub and still look at that breathtaking view. No pics from there, just relaxing!

I enjoyed every minute of that long weekend. Even those sweaty ones upwards the hills.

DIY Film Reel Lampshade out of Film Strips

I like to make lamps. We already have quite a bit of them and we only have two rooms! I may have to stop making lamps for a while..

This one is completely my self designed and I really like it.

This is how the process from a fuzzy idea to a finished lamp went:

  • “I wanna make something out of film strips.”
  • “Hmm.. Of course that something has to be a lamp!”
  • I went to a recycling centre to find a suitable frame and this one literally walked by me. I saw a man carrying it towards the backroom. I followed him and found out that the frame was on its way to a dumpster. Phew.. perfect timing!
  • Next I needed the material to provide the film strips a surface to attach. I found out that a thick self adhesive lampshade panel is the best solution.
  • The shape of the frame reminded me of an old-fashioned film reel, so I decided to try to make it look like one.IMG_0266 copy
  • I got some white plastic board from a hardware store for the bottom and cover.
  • Then I just put it together: Cut and hot glued the plastic discs to the frame. (It doesn’t look too much like a film reel, so maybe a little further design would have made it look more like one.) Next I taped the self adhesive material to the fame, removed the release paper and sticked the film strips on. Finally I finished it with dark tape on the edges and a little narrower dark tape to line the holes. Unfortunately I only have this one photo of the production process.

Hello World!

Last weekend I gave a little time for my photography hobby. It was about -10°C outside and the trees were the prettiest. Well, it didn’t really go as smoothly as I wished. My better half was there with me and was not willing to spend time in freezing cold winter weather. So, he ended up sitting in the car most of the time while I tried to capture the beauty of finnish forest.

For me, the cold is not a problem.. haha.. I’m lying. Here’s one thing about me: I hate cold! But, there is one exception. When I’m holding my camera, somehow I don’t even feel the cold. It distracts me from it. So here are a few pics I managed to get.